Male Bonding

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A local blogger friend had notify me that a nearby outlet mall is doing quite badly and could be on the edge of closing down. So when my best friend DC called for us to do something, I suggested for us to go and do some retail therapy. The standard activity for us is usually some shopping followed by a dinner.

The mall is not complete dead, it's still quite busy on a Sunday afternoon. The prices are pretty good though; Shoes from Aldo for $15 (too bad they don't have my size), T-shirt for $7, polo shirts for $15 and amazing looking throws from Ralph Lauren for $30. I should have stocked them up for X'Mas gifts next time around.

In the intimate setting of the lofty Kenneth Cole changing room, DC commented that I should try clothes a size smaller, he was right and from his correctness spawned my splurge on a few items just a bit motivation to redouble my efforts.

DC is not quite happy with his life at this moment even though he's successful financially and in his career end, he feels pressure to stay at that level. Even though he longs for a simpler life and be able to travel the world, he doesn't feel like he could walk away from all his responsibilities. His partner and his parents believe in putting their best efforts in life and taking a year out to travel is not acceptable for them. I'm convinced that he should just do it instead of staying put, feeling tied down and resenting those folks around him. You can't live for other people, your own happiness should matter too. He wonders how I can live so stress-free, what can I say? Anyhow, instead of feeling obligated to stick around ad contribute whenever his partner is doing the little house projects as his hobby when he's home, which is all the time, DC has decided to have a social life of his own. I might get to see him more often after all.

Through my own misinterpretation and CuteCub's miscalculation, I ended up waiting for 2 hours on Saturday and was getting quite heated while walking around town on a bum leg during Earth Hour. I'm convinced that Earth Hour is a horrible experiment gone awry, I could not bear to not have electricity and all my electronic distractions for a whole entire hour. After a few drinks and him meeting me halfway home, we spent another great night together. The thing about CuteCub is that I sometimes forget how he looks like and I'm struck each time I see his handsome face. At times, I'm not too sure where we are heading but I just got some reassurance the other night while chatting online to tell me that this is not just a one-sided thing or something trivial. That made me quite happy. Maybe I can be less on edge now in hope that some day this could develop into something more concrete.


Funny Or Die: The Landlord

>> Monday, March 30, 2009

Recently I see Jon Hamm popping up and down a lot of different shows and pictures. Actually during 30 Rock, I thought he was Kevin Sorbo. Jon Hamm does have a smoldering look, complimented perfectly with a cigarette in MadMen. I might not kick him outta bed but he really doesn't do anything for me. Here he is in an exclusive clip on FunnyOrDie, just a warning, it is in the borderline Die category.

The most viewed clip belong to Will Ferrell's The Landlord. I didn't expect what I saw and it's mildly amusing.

Does it qualify as child abuse? I wonder how Pearl would feel reviewing these clips after she's grown up. Just because you kid can talk and repeat what you say, it doesn't mean you should abuse her skills. lol.


Earth Hour 2009

>> Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wherever you are, turn off your unnecessary lights and electronics tonight at 8:30pm for an hour and join the global effort to conserve energy and reduce our collective carbon footprints. If possible, turn all lights and electronics off!

Personally, I'll turn of my bathroom light that usually remains on at all time. All my electronics including my water heater, computer, external hard drive, TV, cable box, DVD player will be all off as well. (Sorry, can't turn the refrigerator off.)

It's symbolic of course, but it's a good way to introduce energy conservation to your kids and maybe every little bit does help. What do you do in that hour? Some suggest a candlelit dinner, playing boardgames by the fireplace, take a walk and look at the starlit sky. For a more adult theme, how about strip poker or sex? Even turning all your lights and electronics off and going out to a bar and use their electricity should work.

Again, it's 8:30pm ~ 9:30pm wherever you are.


Weekend Meme: You Wear It Well Meme

Got this simple meme out from Ultra Dave after a bit of browsing. It's originally from a website called Saturday 9 where they ask you 9 questions every Saturday. It's simple enough and since I wore a suit this week for a job fair, I thought it was relevant as well. Here goes:

1. What are your favorite shoes?
I love casual brown leather shoes, a few years ago when Steve Madden first came out they were great. Now the style is all over different stores, so I'm thankful.

2. What does your favorite shirt or blouse look like?

It's a white shirt with some subtle white sown stripes and trims, a little see through-ish. I wear it so much that it's getting ratty now.

3. What does your favorite tee shirt say on it?
My favorite shirt was a forest green shirt that had a white block that accentuate my chest. I think it was a generic shirt from polo that says Polo Sport. I just really like the color and how nice it makes my chest look. Too bad I got bleach on it and had to throw it away.

4. Do you think you look better in casual or business attire?
I do have a fetish for suit and tie; it's like gift wrap on a present. So I would assume I look better in a suit, but looks are not about comfort.

5. What do you sleep in?
Nothing. Is it too much information? :)

6. Do you wear expensive sneakers?
No, I only have one pair of sneakers because the gym requires it. I guess I'm not a sporty person and I like a more casual classic look. Also the sweatshop children story and obscene profits of the sports companies put me off sneakers. But seriously, I'm sure the manufacturing process of what I wear is the very same.

7. What is your favorite hat?
It is not until I try to buy a hat that I realize how big my head is. Most hats I like can't fit around my head. I finally realized why some kids called me Frankenstein before. I'm dying to find myself a cool looking Kangol that'll fit.

8. Your preference for men: Boxers or briefs?
I think it's the Nth time that I mentioned how hot I find trunks. short, snug and shows every curves. Otherwise, any undies or no undies are fine. If you're hot, you're hot.

9. Your preference for women: Suits or dresses?
Ultra Nate suggested invisible cloak which is productive and mean at the same time... lol. I don't really know, it's not like I study women. In this sense, I'd say that personality out trumps any clothes.

Have a great weekend!


Street Vendor Review: Christos' Falafel

>> Friday, March 27, 2009

Last week at Serious Eats, I saw a post and video clip about a street vendor in Philly that presumably has the best falafel A-N-Y-W-H-E-R-E...

Falafel, eh? I've never had none and since CuteCub likes falafel and had time to go around with me, we decided to travel the 15 blocks to try it for lunch.

I guess you can say food carts are the best example of an American dream comes true, low budget and as long as you have solid good food people will come. You can make as much money as the effort you put in. There are many a street food carts in Philly with interesting ethnic foods, especially around University of Pennsylvania, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, even Ethiopian. Ever since the soul food place around my former job had closed, I haven't had any good oxtail stew on rice and there are at least 3 soul food carts around that area that advertised for them, too bad it's so far away.

The weather was a bit dreary and the line wasn't as long as we've expected. The cart itself is a bit odd. Instead of carrying drinks, cookies, candies and gums, the outside compartment of the cart was decorated with rows and rows or garlic, potted plants and some decorative bottles of olive oil. The owner Gus must be making a pretty good living not having to figure how he'd make more money. Also, there's no menu or prices anywhere. It's a good thing that we've seen the video in advance and know that he only sells falafel and chicken as platters or as sandwiches.

In the drizzling rain, the guy in front of us ordered 5 platters, but Gus wouldn't do it because he doesn't make mass orders and would only make him 2. Strange. Not only that, Gus then ask if it's the guy's first time buying food from him because all regulars would know. Exactly what's the difference between 5 guys waiting in line and each order a platter or one guy buying 5? After waiting around 15 minutes, we got our platter for $10.

The platter consisted a layer of shredded lettuce at the bottom, some hummus on the corner, a cucumber tomato salad, some pasta bits, some grape-banana salad, 4 fried falafel nuggets, a good amount of charcoal-grilled chicken, a pita bread, two kinds of sauce and a good sprinkle of oregano/parsley. Both CuteCub and I liked the platter a lot, the hummus is mild and pleasant, the falafel is chunky and satisfying, the chicken is well-spiced and crispy from the grill and the fruit salad is quite the perfect touch. I'm scratching my head over the pasta bits though, it's not bad but not quite necessary.

We can see that Gus takes a lot of pride in his food. He has certain standards for his customers to follow and he has to prepare his food just the way he wants. Gus reminded us of Seinfeld's soup Nazy, maybe he is the one who inspired the skit. His food was pricey but worth it, although I didn't care for him not selling drinks or the fact that he doesn't have a price menu so at the end when his customers find out the price it might be too late for them to turn down the prepared food. It's almost an arrogance or his way to tell his customers that you can't assign a price to his art or don't patronize him if you don't think you can afford it. But eccentricity is not a bad thing especially when it benefits the customers that he has a higher standards for his food. If I'm in the area and hungry, I'll definitely seek him out again.


DVD Review: Let The Right One In

>> Thursday, March 26, 2009

After reading Vic's posts about how this movie is his all time vampire top five, I was excited to see it at the video store on Tuesday night aka Movie night or Bad TV night. Little did I know that Obama had a press conference, so I pretty much missed the whole thing.

I like vampire movies, even though I suffered through an extremely scary Japanese one when I was 6, they are still very alluring. And I was desperately trying to wash off the diamond-coated glistening-in-the-sun crap that is Twilight, so I asked CuteCub if we could watch this together as if I was asking permission to adopt this puppy home. It wasn't disappointing.

Let The Right One In is about a young boy named Oskar who had been constantly bullied by some kids at school. He goes out to the courtyard of his apartment complex every night with his pocket knife stabbing at trees as if he's plotting to fight back at the other kids but he never did. One night, he saw a new family moving in and at the following night he met the young girl; 12 years old Eli. Eli and Oskar became fast friends and turned out that Eli is much more than just a girl and despite their differences they slowly became lovers.

Alright, Eli is a vampire but the story is not as much as a vampire story but it's more have to do with the romance between the two young'uns. While the abuse Oskar gets from the school kids get more severe, Eli encouraged him to fight back or else they won't stop. At the same time, the side story is how Eli's needs are getting meet and all the other vampire nuances. It's more vampire than Twilight for sure.

Although I do like it, I have to say a lot of elements were a little distracting. For the first 10 minutes, I couldn't be sure that Eli was really a girl which I think it was done intentionally since Eli claimed a few times that she's indeed not a girl. And I've never realized how similar Swedish is to English, some words and sentences almost sound the same. Of course, it's kinda entertaining at the same time. We can't help but laugh. The movie was shot in winter and Eli's breath showed vapor and I can't help but wonder if I real vampire would cause it or if it's too hard to CGI it away. Oskar also demonstrated traits to be a psychopath and I was sure that he'd get blamed for various deaths.

Nothing in the movie turned out too scary and can't help but feel that it is at times bland. Until I found out that the cause of the blandness might be due to bad translations. Turns out after the movie released in theaters with the good subtitles, they redid it and dumbed it down for the DVD. So the theatrical experience is quite different and in some degree I feel robbed. Strange, eh? B-


We All Fall Down

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I chatted with Medic Guy Monday night in which he told me that he had suffered a stroke some week ago. Apparently there was some kind of tumor in his head that ruptured and bled, he's relatively okay now but he feels tired and can't walk that well and can't drive or work. He's doing physical therapy and on his way to recovery but he won't be able to fly in helicopters anymore which upsets him more than anything. I have to say I wasn't expecting things like that would happen to a guy only a few years my elder and I feel kinda helpless not being able to offer any kind of help.

At 6 in the morning, my cell phone rang. After being aware of that and walked to retrieve my phone, it stopped at three bars. (It's a music ringtone... My Moon My Man by Feist, don't judge. :)) I thought it was odd or maybe it was a prank, usually people know not to call me before 10. But five minutes later, the phone rang again and it was grandma.

It's been 12 years that I've been in the States and grandma still don't know what how the time difference works. She's still asking me what time it is here at my side and seems surprise at the answer every single time. Also I'm not sure she knows how answering machine works either, she's not fluent in English so she tries to have a conversation with the English speaking lady at times, that or hang up thinking she had dialed the wrong number. That's all cute and all, but it could be annoying sometimes.

This time she called telling me that she's not doing so well. She had fainted just two days ago due to her hypertension, she got rushed to the hospital but got sent back home because they ran out of beds. Of course I got worried and it doesn't help with her telling me that her memory is also going. At times she goes out and then wonder what she was out for, she's also losing stuff and the bad thing is sometimes she forgets to take her meds and that is probably why she fainted.

The most unsettling thing is that I think she calls me because she thinks that she doesn't have much time left, it's kinda heartbreaking. She is 84 now. Unlike previous years, she lives by herself now and even though her 6 kids, my aunts and uncles, are all in Hong Kong, she had made it difficult for anyone to live with her throughout the years. I'm tempted to go back for a month just to be with her but then I might just get tempted to find a job and stay which is not something I really want to do.

Ever since I went to see the foot doctor, which sounds so much better than Podiatrist, my foot had been feeling a whole lot better. The stretching really helped, I can hardly feel the ache anymore, but for some reason I'm still limping. Some friend got an infection on his toe, another one got severe allergy that triggered his asthma.

Altogether we make a terribly broken person.


Best Workout Video Ever

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I was browsing the net and saw this posted on TheBobBlog under the title Best Workout Video Ever and I had to agree:

I laughed so hard I would have snorted spaghetti out my nose if I was eating it. What exactly did she think she's doing? The clip reminded me of a blog that CuteCub is obsessed about called Everything is Terrible, a blog dedicated to horrible infomercial clips and videos alike. Most of them are in fact terrible and some even quite unbearable to watch.


Music Invasion; Myrra Malmberg's "How Insensitive"

For some reason this song popped up in my head and I've been quite obsessed about it. I always thought the song is a jazz classic but I didn't know about its bossa nova roots. Here is a version from Bossa Nova legend João Gilberto, I even got a copy of its lyrics in Portuguese but since I don't know the language I can only guess its meaning. So I'm posting the song sung by one Anna Myrra Malmberg with a more bossa nova feel, the blue feeling is kinda pretty.

How insensitive
I must have seemed
When he told me that he loved me?
How unmoved and cold
I must have seemed
When he told me so sincerely?

Why, he must have asked,
Did I just turn and stare in icy silence?
What was I to say?
What can you say
When a love affair is over?

Now he's gone away
And I'm alone
With a memory of his last look
Vague and drawn and sad
I see it still
All the heartbreak in his last look

How, he must have asked,
Did I just turn and stare in icy silence?
What was I to say?
What can you say
When a love affair is over?


My Foot!

>> Monday, March 23, 2009

Foot fetish, anyone?

I finally went to see a doctor for my ankle. I got an appointment on the afternoon because I know it's very hard for me to honor a morning one, I guess I've turned into a night owl. The foot doctor's office is not far from me and once I've stepped into it, I was reminded with what SV had said to me.

SV has a company where he recruits hygienists and receptionists for dental offices, and more often than not it is not experience that the dentists ask for. It's more about appearance and, dare I say it, boob size. There were 4 receptionists in the lobby of this medical institute, and they all look exactly the same; Pretty looking girls with long straight brown hair wearing white shirts, blue ties and brown pants. Someone has a catholic school girl fetish somewhere.

There are about 30 people with various foot braces, canes, crutches and wheelchairs. It's the gathering of the lame and I'm one of them, although they are all mostly considerably older other than a few people that you can tell they got injured in car accidents. After filling some forms, I was took back for a few X-rays and then to the doctor's office where I saw the X-rays on my foot being displayed on a monitor. Of course, I had to take a picture.

After touching my foot twice, which the second time hurt like hell and I yelped, the doctor told me that it was something called Achilles Tendinitis. He showed me an exercise to stretch my calf muscle that he said can help, and told me to do it twice every hour for the next three weeks and write me a prescription for some anti-inflammatory drugs that the cute pharmacist at Walgreens deemed to expensive and told me to take Ibuprofen instead. Very well. I'm always reluctant to use pain killers but I also don't want my tendon to snap and leave my foot like a string-less marionette. Funny thing is that this tendinitis are common amongst middle-aged athletes, so I'm unsure whether i should be flattered by the athlete clause or insulted by the middle-aged one.


Best Breakup Ever

>> Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ruff at Ruff's Stuff found this on Craigslist

Let me begin by saying that I am not angry and that after finding out who the guy is that you are fucking, well, bravo. He’s hot. I get it, the whole French thing is a major turn on, and to be honest, I don’t blame you. Furthermore, since I know you two search CL for people to join in, I felt it to be the best way to let you know the following before you come bounding home tomorrow afternoon.

1. I’ve known for about a week now. Contrary to popular belief, I can smell him on you when you come home after a night of “studying,” or, “working.” I wondered what that was. Not cool.
2. After a brief moment of being really pissed off, I realized that we are living in MY apartment. -Sweet!! As such, your key fob will no longer open any of the outer doors to my building. Your parking pass has been deactivated and security will not let you past the front desk. Furthermore, your access card allowing the elevator to go my apartment has been deactivated. Also, the door locks have been changed.
3. I have ceased all automatic monthly payments to your bills. You no longer have access to any of my accounts. Perhaps the French guy will take up your student loans. He does know your poor, right?
4. Your belongings are gone. Since I am a reasonable man, I have moved them into a Self Storage unit. The unit is paid up for a month so you’ll have ample time to get them. The address and combination to the unit have been left with the security guard at the front desk. I couldn’t remember if the stuffed panda was yours or mine so I threw it in with the rest of your stuff just in case. I’m not sure how long the plants will last though.
5. Security has been alerted at my office and you will not be allowed entry. Don’t try it. Those guys have about 50 pounds on you, and they carry guns.
6. Anything you have with you right now is yours and I will not look to get any of it back. Just a suggestion though; don’t try and sell my watch. I have the certificates for it and most reputable dealers won’t buy it unless you have the proper documentation. Those that would will probably just take the watch from you, along with your wrist and most of your arm.
7. The keys to your car are at the front desk as well. Your car will be towed unless you pick it up before 5pm on Tuesday. Although I might change my mind between now and then so, the sooner the better.
8. I have blocked your number.
9. I’ve blocked your mom’s number.
10. I’m keeping the dog. Even though you picked him out, I paid for him. He likes me more anyway.

In case you missed it, I’m breaking up with you.

You were good. I had no idea that I slowly became your sugar daddy, which is weird because you are older than I am. How’d that happen?

* Location: Downtown
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Weekend Meme: 3-Way Meme

>> Saturday, March 21, 2009

This week's meme is from Ur-Spo at Spo-Reflections.

Speaking of three ways, I guess I have had quite a bit of experience on the subject. Oh that reminds me that I might need to get a new bed. A queen is really too small, my bed is slowly breaking apart and I think it's the culprit of giving me bad back. Can anyone tell me how often does one buy new mattress and such? Mine has been with me for the past 7 years. Or does one flip the mattress around every now and then?

Here we go:

Three Names I Go By:
Paul, YvesPaul and Babe

Three Jobs I've Had In My Life:
Waiter, Data Collector and IT Manager

Three Places I've Lived:
Paris, Hong Kong, Macau

Three TV Shows That I Watch:
Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Heroes

Three Places I Have Been:
The Louvre, Miami Beach and one of the many beds that President Clinton had slept on.

Three People That E-mail Me Regularly:
My adopted fathers, My friend in LA and QPA (The gaysian group in Philly)

Three Of My Favorite Foods:
Any type of noodle dishes (Pho, Ramen, Noodle Soups, Chow Mein, Pasta), any Chops/Steaks (Basically chunks of meat; beef, pork, lamb, chicken) and anything that have to do with chocolate (Mousse, cakes, cookies, bars, milk...)

Three Things I Would Like To Do:
Men, Hang glide and Robbing a bank without getting caught.

Three Things I'm Looking Forward To:
Love, Adventures and Winning the Lottery.

Have a great weekend!


The Kinder Post

>> Friday, March 20, 2009

Kinder being the chocolate brand name and not the life goal.

As Easter is slowly approaching, I'm mystified to not see my favorite Kinder Surprise Eggs anywhere. It's mind boggling to me, because the egg-shaped kinder seems to be the perfect thing for Easter and yet I can't find them anywhere. Who wouldn't want to get a chocolate egg with a hidden toy inside? You get the taste of great chocolate, a capsule containing some sort of figurine, or sometimes a small toy that you have to assemble yourself with a small instruction telling you how to. And even the plastic capsule is fun, you can use it to shoot the shell across the room.

After looking around, I found out from Wikipedia that this marvel of a product is actually not sold in the United States due to some stupid, stupid regulation by the FDA prohibiting embedding "non-nutritive items" in confections so it is illegal to sell Kinder in the US. I guess that's why Sue and Vic had never tried one before, I can't believe that how the FDA robbed their childhood.

I guess it can be choking hazards for kids, but in this case I'd have to plead Darwin and go with Herbert Spencer, it's really not fair to the smarter kids to be robbed of the excitement and happiness that comes in this small package.

Wikipedia did mention that this product might still be sold in stores that sells other European products and food. I don't know where that would be but I'll try to find out and treat it as my own personal Easter egg hunt.

It's funny how certain food can make you happy or lift your spirits up. Just look at this Sudoku Pizza, it gives me the giggles:


Compare and Conserve

Via Serious Eats

This is a chart about how your daily choices affect water consumption. I guess it's good to know but more often than not it's not a choice for me. I'll just try to take more showers, less baths and make sure I turn my faucet all the way off after I use them.



>> Thursday, March 19, 2009

Will it be strange if I tell you that this news is as disturbing to me as the AIG folks using bailout money to give their employee bonuses? Carnivorous pythonsw escaping a pet store after a hurricane, breeding and now spreading across the state of Florida and that ass-face of a journalist threatened that they might reach San Francisco or DC. First of all, as much as I like Miami and hope to visit Key West, I'm never setting foot in Florida again. And if they do breed more and spread to where I live, I'm moving to Europe.

Even if they catch them all like Pokemons, what will they do with them? Surely people now have to be humane and let them live. God bless the person who has the job to take care of snakes. *Tremble*


Music Invasion: Jamiroquai Double Take: "Little L" and "Love Foolosophy"

I have been a fan of Jamiroquai for a long, long time. When I first heard Too Young To Die, I thought it was sung by a girl until I found out from the album cover that it is sung by a guy named Jay Kay. And even though I'm a bit averse of the super skinny, rib-caged showing, slanky skater boy type, I can't help but noticed Jay Kay's unique and cool style. I admire all the noticeable hats he love to wear and of course his amazing musical talent.

I didn't expect that these two songs from the Funk Odyssey album can describe my current love situation or a decidedly lack thereof so appropriately, maybe I'm indeed in a funk odyssey. When I see the guy, I'm completely smitten, but when we're not seeing each other, I feel like there's nothing holding us together and maybe we'll never see each other again. I don't understand why things have to be so difficult and frustrating. From my experience there's only one simple explanation; my love interest is not that into me. Yet I want so much more. I hate to constantly reminding myself that what I'm feeling cannot be and I hate to constantly feeling unwanted.

Love Foolosophy

Ooh baby baby, I feel these sweet sensations
Honey honey looks like a superstar
She got a promise of love-struck fascination
Ooh what am I to do? How am I to know who you are

When this love, fool, osophy is killing
Previous illusions that (I'm a love fool)
I had in my mind about you (I'm a love fool)
Seems so true, all the lies you're telling
Tragically compelling and (I'm a love fool)
My love it means nothing to you
So maybe I'm still a love fool

She shimmers like a California sunset
Lady lady, glitters but there's no gold
She carries sweetly infectious magic formulas
I'm so delirious, is she that serious?
Or is she bringing me on? I've been waiting so long

And this love, Fool, osophy is killing
Previous illusions that (I'm a love fool)
I had in my mind about you (I'm a love fool)
Seems so true, all the lies you're telling
Tragically compelling and (I'm a love fool)
My love it means nothing to you
So maybe I'm still a love fool

I don't want the world I want you (x3)
I want you, I want you, I want you, I want you

Love, fool, osophy is killing
Previous illusions that
I had in my mind about you
Seems so true, all the lies you're telling
Tragically compelling and
My love it means nothing to you
So maybe I'm still a love fool
My love it means nothing to you
So maybe I'm still a love fool

You're my love foolosophy
Don't you see it's killing me
You're my love foolosophy
Don't you see it's killing me

I'm a love fool

Little L

There you were freaking out,
Trying to get your head around the fact that me and you and love is dead
See how I'm trippin' out?
'Cos you can't decide what you really want from me

Why does it have to be like this?
I can never tell
You make me love you, love you baby
With a Little L

There you were shouting out
Cranking up your altercations, getting upset in your desperation
Screaming and hollering
How could this love become so paper thin?

You're playing so hard to get
You're making me sweat just to hold your attention
I can't give you nothing more
If you ain't givin' nothing to me
Don't you know that?

You make me love you, love you baby
With a Little L
Why does it have to be like this?
I can never tell
Seems like you're stepping on the pieces
Of my broken shell
'Cos you make me love you, love you
With a Little L, you know
That's the way you make me love you, yeah

Why does it have to be like this?
I can never tell
You make me love you, love you baby
With a Little L


Evil in Ice Cream Cupcakes Form

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Can we discuss how horribly evil these cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery are? $9.99 for a 6-pack, good thing there's no Cold Stone Creamery in close proximity.

I miss the days when I didn't care.


TV Review: Kyle XY

On Monday, I spent 8 hours in front of the TV watching the Kyle XY marathon. It was built up as the series finale that night and I haven't been watching the show for a while. I always liked watching marathons, just like I always like to wait until a series of books to be finished before reading the whole thing. That way i don't have to wait or left hanging.

I first started watching the show when a friend told me about it. I think I got into it halfway through first season. It's on ABC Family and their target audience seems to be teenagers, but the story seems to be intriguing and I always like guys with superpowers and special effects. So it got me hooked.

Kyle is like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins, he's a genetically engineered super baby who lived in a pod (hence the no belly button thing) for his first 16 years. Like John Travolta in Phenomenon, Kyle has a very high IQ and can absorb information on books in mere seconds and inexplicably (Mostly because it cannot be unexplainable) he can jump a far distance or hear from afar and like Jean Grey, he's telepathic and telekinetic.

But of course, Kyle's (Matt Dallas) good looks got to me too, even though I feel like a chicken hawk to admire his looks (Others that makes me feel that way would be Brody Jenner and Jesse Metcalfe, it's good that they turned out to be jerkoffs.) It's a good thing that Bruce Thomas playing Kyle's dad is also quite hunky looking.

The thing that really bites is that the very last episode ended with a cliffhanger. WTF? I hate it when a series ends abruptly and no one thought of filming one very last episode to end the series properly. It's like a slap in the face. Maybe the problem is that they put the show on Monday, in the exact time slot of Heroes, another supernatural shows or maybe the network didn't continue the series for dwindling viewership but it seems overtly irresponsible to leave your viewers hanging. They did it with HBO's Rome, Carnivale, their famous Sopranos finale, and Swingtown was somewhat like that. It's really not that hard to add an episode and end it properly. Have Kyle kill himself, then his loved ones will not be in danger. It just infuriates when they pull a fast one on their viewers.


St. Patrick's Day 2009

>> Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Since I don't drink much and I'm not Irish, it doesn't mean that much to me but I found out St. Patrick's day is quite the international event. I guess people are more susceptible to a good excuse to drink in any form. Maybe I should get a Kiss Me, I'm Irish! shirt out to a gay bar just to be cheeky. I always thought I should get the Everyone Loves An Italian Boy or the truly offensive Abercrombie and Fitch Wong's Dry Cleaning shirt.

It's got to be one of those things where it's only OK for an Asian to wear. Hehe

Somehow everything I'm ingesting today turns out to be green: Seedless green grapes, diet green tea, chicken Caesar salad, cream of celery soup. So I guess I'm festive enough.

Following the ad post yesterday, can anyone tell me if this is a vibrator in disguise?


Joe's Crab Shack Commercials

>> Monday, March 16, 2009

Am I the only guy who's offended by this commercial?

A waiter delivered a pot of seafood to a gal seated between two guys and all the sudden one of the guy demanded "Take your top off!", flabbergasted the gal replied "What?" When the other guy shook his head while taking the lid off the gal's seafood pot, all of them laughed.

First of all, why is it Guy A's business if the gal keep the lid on her food or not? Why is he so nosy or controlling? Guy B is none the better, not only is he overreaching, by shaking his head he's calling the gal stupid. So the gal is not only openly sexually harassed, now she's dumb for not getting the double entendre. It's a one-two punch. Can it be more misogynistic?

Looks like the ad agency of Joe's Crab Shack likes to shock to get attention.

I don't believe that ads have any powers on me, so even though I don't like their commercials I wouldn't cut their restaurants out. There isn't even a Joe's Crab Shack around that I'm aware of. And the shame is that I really like the food they're promoting. Two small lobsters and a pound of clams, shrimps and sausage all in the same pot? It's practically a rice-less paella. Yum. The commercials though are a bit discouraging.


The Pie Post

>> Sunday, March 15, 2009

Life in Spiral, Body Betrays
Death is but a time

Was that too gloom? Sorry. Just being a little dramatic. After some research online, it seems that what is happening to my feet (pie in Spanish) could be heel spur, plantar fasciitis or tarsal tunnel syndrome which are all pretty troublesome. I could be feeling like this for a long time. Should I wish for a broken bone, so at least it's something that can be fixed? I keep hoping that it's a sprayed ankle but I guess it's not meant to be.

It hadn't really crippled me (haha, cripple), I'm still kinda going around town. I've been craving for a piece of Banana Cream pie from a pastry shop called Pink Rose for the longest time, so despite my diet I walked to the shop, slowly, and got myself a slice on Pi day. My heel kills me, but it was well worth it. I also went to dim sum with some friends, I'm having carbs so might as well? Some of them haven't seen me for months and they did notice my weight loss, so it stroked my vanity. My walking speed had already been cut in half, I kinda understand what it feels like to be handicapped. These experiments had taught me that it's really not a good idea for me to walk more than 10 blocks. Actually I've decided to stick to a 3 blocks radius until I see a doctor and feel better, good thing that will include 2 supermarkets, 2 video stores, 2 hospitals, 2 pharmacies and 3 gay bars. That's pretty much everything I need.

Pink Rose Pastry's Banana Cream Pie - Ultra-Awesome!

I thought losing weight would ease up the stress on my feet, or maybe my inactivity made me lose muscles so my legs get weaker? A friend joked that it's because I'm getting old. Isn't it too early for that? I'd be devastated if that's how I'm gonna walk for the rest of my life. I'm so gonna make an appointment with a podiatrist first thing tomorrow morning.


Weekend Meme: School Years Meme

>> Saturday, March 14, 2009

My old high school emblem

It's hard to find some meaningful or fun memes to do especially when this is the 50th meme I've done, so the picking is getting slim. I'm thinking thought that it might be fun to start a story, write two paragraphs of it and tag another blogo-friend to write the next two. At the end, if it turns out to be good we can even have it published.

This Meme below is picked from my little cousin's Facebook page. We were born on the very same day but he's 15 years my junior. It's about student life. There are 35 items, bold the ones you've done during your school years. There are some items about technologies that didn't exist yet during my school years, so I can't claim that I've done them before but then I was a bit of a wild child and I had, still have, problems with authorities... At the end, you are supposed to calculate the percentage and say I've screwed up X% of my school life but I told my cousin that it's not accurate, despite every parents wish for their child to be perfect, being rebellious doesn't mean you screwed up, it means you're not a robot and to me it is a good thing. So enjoy!

1. Gotten detention
2. Gotten your phone taken away in class - We didn't have phones back then
3. Gotten suspended
4. Gotten caught chewing gum - Who get caught for eating?
5. Gotten caught cheating on a test - I'm no novice
6. Arrived late to class more than 5 times
7. Didn’t do homework over 5 times - We used to have 10 or more assignments each night.
8. Turned at least 3 projects in late
9. Missed school cause you felt like it
10. Laughed so loud you got kicked out of class
11. Got your mom/dad etc. to get you out of school
12. Texted people during class - Texting weren't available or else I would have done it.
13. Passed notes
14. Threw stuff across the room
15. Laughed at the teacher
16. Pulled Down The Fire Alarm - I don't believe we had fire alarms.
17. Went on Myspace, Facebook, Xanga, etc. on the computer at school - Those sites didn't exist back then. Nor does the internet.
18. Took pictures during school hours - only for the yearbook.
19. Called someone during school hours - for my folks to take me out of school or because my teacher demanded to talk to my family.
20. Listened to an iPod, CD, etc... during class - No.
21. Threw something at the teacher - If I did it would have been unintentional
22. Went outside the classroom without permission
23. Broke the dress code
24. Failed a class test
25. Ate food during class
26. Gotten a call from school
27. Couldn’t go on a field trip cause you behaved badly
28. Didn’t take your stuff to school
29. Gotten a detention and didn't go
30. Stuck up your middle finger at a teacher when they were not looking - I wasn't that bad
31. Cursed during class loud enough so the teacher could hear
32. Faked your parents signature
33. Slept in class
34. Cursed at a teacher to their face - funny story...
35. Copied homework

20/35... 57%. I didn't do too bad, right? Oh and it's Pi day today, I had my eye on a slice of banana cream for weeks, maybe I'd just go have a slice today. It'd break my diet but whatever. Have a good weekend!


The Chinese Tantrums

>> Friday, March 13, 2009

I have no idea since when my people, the Chinese, had officially became the crazy bunch. I guess mostly it's my Pinoy friend Cubxotic asking me to translate these clips in English for him that made me realize so.

There was this clip about an extremely spoiled girlfriend throwing a temper tantrum forcing her sugar daddy to buy her a Buick (Of all cars? C'mon!) by jumping into it in a showroom and threatened to drive the car through the window.

There's this crazy uncle in Hong Kong lecturing his fellow bus passengers about cell phone use and just can't seem to shut up about the subject. The truly crazy part is that he sounded exactly like my own uncle who's the reason why I left Hong Kong at the first place.

There's this middle aged woman who missed her flight to San Francisco from the Hong Kong International airport and can't stop hollering, crying, screaming and groveling on the floor to cause a scene.

And now there's this. A clip about a woman in Hong Kong throwing a fit because the restaurant ran out of shark's fin and that's what she wanted to eat.

But after all it could just be a hoax to promote awareness to shark extinction. The sound and visual is too clear, plus the last frames might have hinted to that direction.

Seriously though, what's wrong with my people? Are they just going around throwing tantrums and causing scenes, is life back east so stressful now or what? With that train of thought... Where's my diamond-encrusted leather harness? NO! I want it NOW! I WANT MY DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED LEATHER HARNESS NOW!!! I SAID NOW!!! (Rolling on the floor, beating the ground, paddling my feet...)


The Foot Conundrum

Due to my overconfidence with my own math skills, I haven't double check my math on my tax refund and when I check my account this week, I was surprised to find my tax refund was almost double to what I was expected. Woohoo...! Dollar, dollar bills y'all!

At the same time, my lower back problem had migrated to my ankle. I'm not too sure that it is related although I think it is. Like Sue mentioned it could be a pinched nerve somewhere, or maybe it's a separate incident where I tried to shift for my back and cause my feet to hurt. Or I've shattered some bones with my sheer weight.

My conundrum is that my feet has now been hurting for a week. It had gotten a little better for the past two days but I'm still having problem walking and now it has signs that the pain might be traveling back to my back. That or maybe they'll both start hurting now. I'm tempted to see a doctor, but then it would potentially mean every penny I got from the tax refund (and more) will have to go to the doctor and an x-ray. Even my foot is healed, I'd still feel awful.

My plan is to wait it out. A friend recommended wrapping it with an ace bandage although it didn't help much. It's not until today that I realized there's something called pain killers to help ease the pain. (It doesn't really hurt that much, really.) If it doesn't work by Monday maybe I'll hop into Chinatown for some sort of Chinese medicine, I'm sure it'll cost less than $100 maybe even less than $50. One of the reason why it still hurts could be that I've been walking a bit and not letting it rest, it could actually be blessing if it goes back to my back at least then I'd be able to go about.

Is it strange for me to think that keeping the money is better than being able to walk normally?


Movie Review: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

>> Thursday, March 12, 2009

Because I'm so black, I went to see Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail the same day with Watchmen. I've seen pretty much all the Tyler Perry movies and some DVDs of his plays. His portrayal of Madea (or Mabel Simmons) stands out. I guess deep down some of us just wanted to be a strong black women who would have the courage to say what's on her mind without the fear of retributions.

But there are retributions... After one too many little incidents provoked by Madea's "get even" mentality, she was sent to jail for 5 to 10 years. Apparently, Madea had a pretty big record from her days as a stripper and her reckless attempted murder ways. At the same time, engaged assistant district attorney Joshua landed on a case to convict a prostitute who happened to be his childhood sweetheart while his fiancee Linda tries to pry him away from her.

The thing about Tyler Perry movies is that there's always a moral to the story. There's also an obvious villain. It is obviously not Madea, she's a straight shooter who accomplishes outrageous acts to provide comic effects. But in this film, we don't see enough of Madea while the drama, the dread and the lecture outweighs its entertainment values, you can say it's a bit too preachy. Maybe Tyler Perry is going for the ever popular sermon style, but the problem seems to be that every twist and turn was expected and not out of the box and spontaneous which is the reason why we love Madea as a character in the first place. It seems to be a shame for someone who's so good at drag to be so reserved in directing.

Although the ending couldn't be as heartwarming as his other films, I'd still recommend it for rental. The big screen is a bit too big for this particular story. It did pretty good in the box office though, it had been #1 for 2 weeks prior to Watchmen. C


Movie Review: Watchmen

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I finally figured out why I couldn't get into the comic book version of the Watchmen. Well, sure the style and coloring of the illustration is a little old but it's not until I watched the movie that I realized that all but one of these so-called Superheroes have any kind of superpowers, all the others are but masked vigilantes.

The story of the Watchmen happens in a parallel universe when the relationship between U.S. and Russia during the cold war had became so grave that a nuclear world war III became imminent. At the same time, one of these retired crimefighters was mysteriously murdered, the remain of the gang uncover a plot that had to do with the existence of the entire humankind.

I guess the use of the word "Superhero" has conditioned me to expect people with superpowers, so I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn't the case. Other than omnipotent Dr. Manhattan who got his powers through a freak accident, all the others do demonstrate some mild super strength, speed or leaping abilities. I was half expecting to get an explanation of a super soldier serum or something of sort, so I can't explain how Rorschach controls his ink blot mask (or is that his super powers?) I have to say though if Mothman can't actually fly, his costume might be the cause for him to end up in a loony bin.

It's like a reality show with a plot. The viewers were confronted with superhero characters with flaws. The god-like Dr. Manhattan who can see the past, the future, transform himself into any size, multiply, disintegrate and reassemble himself and any other matter feels detached to the world and other beings. His powers dehumanized him too much and that's probably why he doesn't mind being nude and let it all hang out from time to time. (In my opinion, that is much less obscene than the high-waisted black spandex speedo briefs he wears.) The Comedian was a ruthless and cynical man who's capable of rape and killing the innocent. Just as I was thinking to myself why Robert Downey Jr. is in every movie, it actually was Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mary Louise-Parker's ex-husband who have occasional cameo in Weeds. No wonder he's so much beefier and I'm so mesmerized by his chest.

Middle-aged Nite Owl had gained weight since he had retired from crime fighting. While his Batman-like techno-gears are still impressive, he had gone soft without them. The usually reserved and shy gentleman takes on another persona behind his masks and it seems he had associated his masculinity with it as well. Rorschach on the other hand put on a mask so he can abandon his humanity and search for his truth in a bestial rage. The weakest of them all had to be Silk Spectre, after making the original a whore, her daughter became the second generation Silk Spectre with limited fighting skills and a weak personality. I keep hoping she'd duke out some weapon Elektra-style but it was not meant to be.

All in all it's not a bad movie, there's a rich plot in it. There are some gore, nudity and a long sex scene. (It still irk me to see parents bringing little kids in an R-rated movie.) I'd say if you enjoyed Sin City, there's a good chance that you'd enjoy this film as well. B-

Here's a Scooby Doo version:


Gay on FOX

>> Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I have mentioned before that I'd boycott the Fox New Channels and every sponsors that they have if I could just sit through a few hours of their programming to create a list of advertisers. But alas I couldn't put myself through that kind of torture. Subsequently, even the regular Fox Network leave a bad taste in my mouth. I'm convinced that the political views of Fox News comes from Fox itself and if Fox would fold then maybe no one will have to endure Fox News anymore.

MadTv is gone now, it just add to my conviction to never watch Fox again. Most of the shows are mean-spirited. Who needs to watch Gordon Ramsey or Simon Cowell yelling at people? Or the violence of 24, Prison Break or Cops? But now and then I get into the medical mystery of House, the talents on So You Think You Can Dance doing something that I can never do, making fun of the contestants on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and as trashy as it is, the guiltiest pleasure of them all having people ripping the hearts out of their supposed loved ones on The Moment of Truth all the while knowing it IS the dark side.

The reddeming quality of the channel other than the outrageously funny but now gone MadTV, belongs to the two-hour long cartoon period on Sunday nights. Although I never liked King of The Hill much, and thinks that The Simpsons had been on so long that it might be a bit irrelevant by now (and where's the Bart and Apu's Slumdog Millionaire episode?), I'm really enjoying Family Guy and American Dad.

I guess that's a rare show on that network to go after the ex-gay scam, that and to mention gloryholes and fisting an an 11-way orgy. On the other hand, they did ramp up the campiness, not every gay guy is really that flamboyant and flaming with fantastic haircuts. Too bad it's only in animations and there's no other gay shows on the network.

On another note, if you want to see through 45 minutes of gay commercials. There's a clip from Gaypub, at the end it's just half naked guys, not all of them are gay themed:


Why Terminators Transport Naked

>> Monday, March 09, 2009

According to this clip, there's a reason:


Weekend Meme: Procrastination Tool Meme

>> Saturday, March 07, 2009

It's the weekend again, so it's time for another meme. This week's meme is from Sunday Stealing again and it's called the procrastination tool meme, although I'm not sure I get the reason why. Sometimes, there are just too much meme around and the questions seem to go on repeat. But because I'm too lazy to think up something original, here goes.

1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

I think it is a place called Pokka Cafe in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. The food and drinks were great and more than adequate, but the reason I like it so much is the ceiling to floor windows all around the restaurant. You can see people walking by and everything else that's going on. I especially like being there on a rainy afternoon when the light comes from outside and raindrops sliding down the window. And then there are the beautiful ice cream sundaes.

2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?

Pho, or Hoinan Chicken with the ginger scallion sauce and chicken flavored rice that it comes with. It usually comes with a bowl of celery chicken soup as well. Yum.

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

I have a lump on the back of my right shoulder blade that I have it took off for vanity reasons. It left a scar.

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted?

A truly heavy object? That would have to be when I help my friend DC move and install his huge 80+ inch HDTV. I almost dropped it, it would have been worth more than I do for sure.

5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

Nope. Is that a common thing?

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

No, I don't want to be suddenly all careful and prolong the inevitable.

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I'll have to change it to Yves-Paul. It might also be nice to change my last name, but it's unnecesary.

8. What’s your goal for the year?

Get a job? I'm not really paying that much effort toward it. I should really do that.

9. Last person you hugged?

Cutecub, a very huggable guy. I'd like to hug him everyday... hehe.

10. First place you went this morning?

Not counting the bathroom and places within my apartment. I'd say the groceries store?

11. Do you always answer your phone?

I really have to dislike a person to intentionally not answer my phone. Or if I'm in the middle of something (e.g. a movie) or when I forget my phone. Otherwise, I'm trained to answer my phone if not just to shut it up.

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?

I can't think of anyone. As friendly as I could be, I do have my boundaries and 4 in the morning is quite a boundary. If I was up and loud it would have been my upstairs neighbor.

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be?

Some Indians have golden sparkly eye and I alwyas thought they are kinda magical and mesmerizing. But I'd probably choose a lighter shade of brown.

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

If I say it out loud it won't come true, right?

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

More nervous than excited, but there are certain excitement so it's not all bad.

16. Do you have any saved texts?

I used to have one for my ex's address in Argentina, but I dropped my old phone in the washer so that's that.

17. Ever been in a car wreck?

Car wreck sounds severe. I'm lucky to say I've never been in one. Minor accidents, yes.

18. Do you have an accent?

I think so, some Chinese, French and British accent. Weird combination, I know.

19. What was the last song to make you cry?

Can't think of the last time I cried for a song, if I did it'd be likely for some old jazz songs or maybe Adele's Chasing Pavements.

20. What did you do last night?

Nothing special, just watching TV or something like that.

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Fortunately not quite yet. I have felt very down in different situation but eventually everything will turn out ok and that's part of my belief.

22. Current hate right now?

The falling economy and the helplessness that comes along with it.

23. Met someone who changed your life?

I'd like to think that everyone I meet changes my life a little bit for better or for worse. Various teachers changed my life for the better, friends and lovers as well. The person who changed my life the most might have been my grandma, but since I didn't have to "meet" her. I guess my Argentinean ex who showed me love is another biggie.

24. How did you bring in the New Year?

By being in bed and watching poor Dick Clark on TV.

25. What song represents you?

It's hard to find one song to represent me. I don't think there's a song that fits me completely or tells my life story. But for now, how about It Doesn't Matter At All by George Michael? Or maybe T-Bones' Who's Yer Daddy?

Alright people, go out and enjoy your weekend!


The Quest Crew

>> Friday, March 06, 2009

So Asians can dance, who knew? For the second time, MTV's American Best Dance Crew was won by an Asian dance crew and there were only 3 seasons so far, two out of three ain't bad. I also remember that gay Asian guy winning Fame one time. I wish the Asians can dance stereotype had set in when I was young, so I wouldn't have grown up with two left feet. And since when is an Asian performer allowed to take off his shirt and get half naked on stage?

At least this crew, the Quest crew didn't wear masks to hide their Asian faces like their predecessor JabbaWockeeZ, especially when Hok (Hokuto Konishi) has such a handsome face and a sexy British accent. I remember him as a finalist on another dancing show, So You Think You Can Dance, but I think he didn't have a visa then so he got disqualified, or maybe later in another season he was eliminated because he can't be versatile enough to dance ballroom or some shit. But now he and his friends are winners. Not too bad.

I guess it's not surprising, most Asians are compact and quick and if we can do Kung Fu then dancing is not that far off, right? Meanwhile old uncle is lying here in bed with a broken back.


The Carb-less Hours

>> Thursday, March 05, 2009

So I've been in a low carb diet for almost 2 months and I lost about 18~20 pounds. It actually seemed easy enough, I guess even though I'm Asian, I'm not as attached to rice as I should be, nor potatoes. Sometimes, I'd want some bread, especially in pastry form and sometimes I'd want pasta. Most of all not eating chocolate is a bitch.

I'm not following Atkins or South Beach to the tee. I still enjoy my onions, carrots and tomatoes. It's hard to imagine eating salad or cooking without them. But I've demonized obvious carbs like sugar and starch and carb heavy veggies like most of the root vegetables and fruits. So every time I have a craving for chocolate and find myself in the supermarket with it in hand wondering if I should buy them because it sounds so good. I make a conscious decision to say no and put it back down. It's not as struggling and strenuous as it sounds, most of the time I've already decided what I'm going to make for dinner or lunch when I'm at home and with a list in hands, it's easy to just get the things on the list and not stray.

In the case of my sweet tooth, I'm finding that sugar-free jello, and diet cherry coke really helps. If not I can always buy a bunch of grapes, it contains sugar of course but it's relatively healthy. I also find the great spaghetti squash which still allows me to make fake spaghetti dishes without the obvious carb, even though squash might still be loaded with sugar, but there's added fiber which is great as well. It somehow became a culinary game for me to think of things I can make without carb and it can be a lot of fun.

Once in a while if I really crave for something, I'd go for it. I took a week off eating junks that I really wanted, like an Italian hoagie or a slice of mushroom pizza, ending up to find out that the real thing is not really as good as how I imagined them to be. Ice cream and french fries on the other hand is every bit as good as I thought they'd turn out. I guess it teaches me something about how my brain works. I don't mind breaking the rules once in a while to take care of my cravings so I can go back to my diet satisfied. I think it's better that way. (I wonder if that would be my attitude towards extramarital sex.)

You understand my motivation is all because of vanity of course, getting healthier is just a nice by-product. If I can lose 15 more pounds, I'd be very happy with myself, but according to this rate I'd probably have to be on the diet for 3 or 4 more months. Maybe starting to exercise would help. Though these few days, I'm having some problems with my right lower back. I wonder if it has something to do with my previous injuries during my aforementioned canoe trip, or maybe the way I sit, or my lack of exercise as is. My uncle started to have a similar problem when he was my age and it's persistent throughout his life. I hope it's not the case with me.


A Party in Limbaugh

>> Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I have to say I don't understand how the Republican Party is giving Rush Limbaugh so much clout and power. After all, he's not a politician but a political radio host. Why is he all the sudden the light of the Republican Party and even RNC Leader Michael Steele had to issue an apology after criticizing him? Why the power, why Rush?

He's like Ann Coulter, he draws attention and ratings from producing erratic, irresponsible and controversial speech and he's been paid handsomely for doing so. He had been involved in a few scandals and a few drug related ones. Is the Republican Party in such a disarray that they have to rely on Rush Limbaugh, again, a non-politician with drug addiction, sexist and homophobia history and a 3-time divorcee to lead? And what purpose do Michael Steele and Bobby Jindal serve? The United Colors to counter Obama's ethnicity and prove that the Republican Party does not necessarily believe in white supremacy? Or is the plan simply to put Rush Limbaugh in place to rile up the crazies in time for the much expected assassination? I mean what direction do they hope the direction of the party will take with this guy?

I'm dismayed that the Republicans and the Democrats are in such a divide that their main focus is to see each other fail. Even in this economical downturn, they can't work together and make their country better. They rather see it turns into a disaster and prove that they were right. Of course, they are all relatively well-off individuals and even the economy is crumbling, they are relatively unaffected. I guess that's why I hate politicians and politics at the first place.

Oh, exactly what are the criteria for a party to be disbanded? How bad does it have to perform until it is no longer valid? Does it have to be there forever just because we have the two-party system in this country?


Music Videos of Röyksopp

>> Monday, March 02, 2009

Last Friday, Andy at Towleroad posted a new video from the Norwegian electronica group Röyksopp called Happy Up Here. It's a very cute video with night city views, lots of lights that turn into the classic arcade game space invader theme.

Happy Up There (2009)

I thought the name Royksopp sounded very familiar and when I clicked on Towleroad's link, I got into a list of Royksopp's videos and I was reminded that one of their song "Remind Me" was used in the annoying Geico cavemen commercials. It's a good song and its original music video was amazing. Actually the music video won a few awards and the airplane instructional type graphics are awesome.

Remind Me (2002)

All of Royksopp's music videos are great, they are all well produced and inspiring. That's surely a way to make yourself famous. And of course, you have to have good music to back it up. They reminded me of when Bjork first came out and released a whole bunch of great videos produced by Michel Gondry. They were truly amazing back then. The generic pop princesses mouthing and posing to their own tunes seems anemic in comparison.

A track entitled Poor Leno in particular reminds me of Björk's Jóga mixed with animations that reminds me of Gorillaz. It's pretty damn sweet.

Poor Leno (2002)

If you're interested in the rest, here they are.


Unnecessary Censorship

>> Sunday, March 01, 2009

Here is The Count doing a number on *Beep*me Street.

Here's Jimmy Kimmel's segment in the same spirit.

If we find it funny doesn't it mean we have a dirty mind? I guess we're conditioned to think that beeps represent dirty words, so I guess it's ok to laugh... lol.


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